Can Volk Fi Provide Free Phone Service For All?


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A visual sample of how Volk Fi’s mesh network will work

Mesh networks provide free cellular service to all users and very well could be the future of smartphones. While this seems far fetched and maybe even implausible, a group by the name of Volk Fi is working hard to make this possible. The following are a few questions that many might have about Volk Fi and mesh networks.

What is a mesh network?

A mesh network is a cell phone network that bounces service from one device to another, creating a network that is completely self-sustaining. This means that there need to be a large number of people using the network in order for it to function at all.


What phones are compatible?

At launch, only the Volk One smartphone, produced by Volk Fi themselves, will be able to run on these networks. Volk Fi will begin to roll out the Volk One in December 2019


How powerful is the Volk One?

At launch, the Volk One will be a force to be reckoned with, packing a 6.2 inch AMOLED display, a 3700 mAh, dual 16-megapixel cameras, four gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of storage on the base model. The device will be running Android 9.0 Pie as well, proving to be a fairly powerful phone.


What’s the catch?

From the information that is currently out, Volk Fi appears to be sincere. Their main focus is eliminating internet censorship. Volk Fi strongly believes that free and uncensored access to the internet should be a human right and they want to be the ones to be a reality.

Despite all of this, Volk Fi’s network depends on a strong user base. If there aren’t enough users, the network won’t be able to function. This means that the network probably won’t work in areas without a dense population, but Volk Fi compensated for this by allowing you to, despite defeating the purpose, provide your own SIM card to use with the Volk One.


All in all, the idea of free cell service is very appealing and it would be awesome to see it succeed. The biggest problem is that many people simply won’t trust a virtually unknown company to provide their smartphone for daily use and Volk Fi desperately needs a strong user base at launch in order to see any kind of success.

To learn more about Volk Fi or to request a device, you can visit their website